In Blair's Britain now you can be imprisoned for 5 years for peaceful protest, if your protest offends the profit-making aspirations of a powerful corporation.
Goerge Monbiot writes for the Guardian. He and others warned of this when The Protection from Harassment Act was passed 10 years ago.
The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 is, on the face of it, a sensible piece of legislation defending people from stalkers. But when it was drafted, several of us warned that it failed to distinguish between genuine harassment and legitimate protest. Harassment includes "alarming the person or causing the person distress", which could mean almost anything: you can alarm someone, for example, by telling them that pulverised fly ash contains mercury. It requires a "course of conduct" to be pursued, but this means nothing more than doing something twice(4). If you take two pictures of workers felling trees, that counts. Conduct includes speech.